Job Seeker Tip: The Second, Third, and Fourth interviewFebruary 15th, 2011 | Interviewing | 1 Comment »
While there’s plenty of companies out there who will make the hire after just one interview, you have to be prepared for the fact that there are also many companies who have long interview processes. There are a number of reasons for this.
Maybe the first interview was technical, to determine your skill level, and the second interview is more personal, to see if you’d be a good fit with the team and work environment. Sometimes each interview is with a different person with whom you may be working. Other times, the interviewer is hung up between a few final candidates and thinks another interview will help them make a decision.
When you’re faced with multi-step interview processes, make sure you treat each one just as importantly as the last. Many people make the mistake of thinking the second interview is just a formality before a certain hire, which is not often the case. If you’re ever asked the same questions in each step, feel free to refer back to your previous answer, but don’t shortly answer, “you already asked that!”
If each step is with the same person, don’t get too comfortable; remaining professional throughout the process will set you apart from the crowd. Finally, ask about the next step after each interview, to show that you’re still interested in the opportunity.